Edward Lewis is a successful businessman. When he leaves a party in the Lotus Esprit from his lawyer he gets lost in downtown Hollywood and decides to pull over and ask for directions. As such he meets the prostitute Vivian who offers to get him where he wants to be for $20. As Edward isn’t so great in driving with the Lotus, the two decide to switch seats so that Vivian can show him how to really drive such a car.
Back at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel, Edward invites Vivian to his penthouse where the next morning he gets invited for a diner appointment with a business relationship. Edward doesn’t want to go alone and decides to make Vivian a proposition: for $3000 she gets new clothes and has to spend the week with him. Vivian is thrilled but when she goes to the fancy shops they refuse to help her due to her cheap appearance and when she returns to the hotel, the manager, Barnard Thompson starts to question her which makes her fall down in tears.
A bit surprised, Barnard decides to help her out and get her some clothes and as such an amazing weeks starts for Vivian who slowly but steadily starts to win the heart of both Barnard and Edward…
Sound and Vision:
The image quality is a disappointment for a Blu-ray release. During the scenes that are shot outside things still look very good, but once we go inside, detail starts to lack, colors look unnatural and there’s plenty of grain present. Overall also the colors lack some depth. Compared to the DVD releases there’s some slight improvement but it’s still not up to par with recent Blu-ray releases.
The focus of the soundtrack is on the front channels with some subtle use of the rear speakers for environment and music.
– Audio Commentary track by director Garry Marshall
– Live from the Wrap Party
– LA: The Pretty Woman Tour
– 1990 Production Featurette
– Music video “Wild Women Do”
The extras are the same that were also present on the DVD release and aren’t really that great
Pretty Woman is one of the best romance movies ever made. Women love the “fairytale come true” concept, the cast is great, the acting impeccable, and there’s not a single moment when you start getting bored. If you like this type of movies of course.
When it comes down to this Blu-ray release, we have to admit we’re a bit disappointed though. The image quality is not up to standard for Blu-ray and the extras have come straight off the DVD release. Therefore, if you already have Pretty Woman on DVD, there’s little reason to “upgrade” to this Blu-ray.